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Dark House

Narrated by: Alison Campbell
Series: Detective Lucy Harwin, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realized what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming.

For decades the Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now - when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney.

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum's wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum's walls? Together with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill fans of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons, and Rachel Abbott to the bone.

©2017 Helen Phifer (P)2017 Bookouture

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Well worth a Listen

Loved this book from start to finish .
Easy listening great story line and fabulous narrator which makes these books enjoyable

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a little cliched but enjoyable

another all day listen. guessed the killer half way through but still an enjoyable book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-2017

Interesting

Enjoyed the twists and un expected turns. Good one to listen to while doing other activities. Doesn't require full attention.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon is a rip off
  • 24-04-2017

Helen Phifer has gained another fan.

I read a review where the reviewer said that she\he knew who the killer was from the start, but I don't agree. I was surprised to find out who the killer was. Excellent read.

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  • Bargain Hunter
  • 23-04-2017

The lost children

I found the book very interesting and hard to put down! Story was very well written and no problem relating to the narrator. I would recommend this book to any one who like thrillers! I also like the accents of the narrator. Was hesitant at first but followed it no got used to the accents.

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  • Ruby Fitzgerald
  • 13-10-2018

irritating

I love the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsens, so I thought I’d give this author a try. The protagonist is a police officer who cries throughout the book and is overall clueless. At the end of the book, SPOILER ALERT...... she has to be saved by her partner who (gasp) is in love with her! What stupid girly drivel.

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  • anna palsdottir
  • 16-08-2017

Predictable

I knew too early who was the killer. Some of the pathology wasn't very believable sorry. Good luck

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-02-2019

Imperfect but Original

It seems as if the last 10 British female authors I’ve listened to have had one thing in common, make that several things in common. All of them had a female DI, all of the female DIs are super screwed up in some way, and all of the stories revolve around finding missing girls or missing young women. Needless to say, it has become irritating to hear the same story time after time after time.

Well there are a few flaws in this novel, they can be overlooked because the storyline was the first original storyline I’ve heard in quite some time. Equally, while DI Harwin has some quirks and imperfections, they’re the same ones we all have which make her relatable.

I can’t even count how many authors I’ve read and decided to stop after the first book. I’m pleased to be able to continue on with the series.

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  • Dawn
  • 27-06-2017

Great mystery!!!

Really enjoyed the story. However the pause between chapters was just a little too long. Other than that it was a fabulous thriller!!!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 20-09-2019

There’s potential

This wasn’t bad. I read a lot of the British police genre and some are really, really good. This book didn’t reach that level for me but it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read/listened to.

It did seem like I was reading the second book in a series, though. There was a lot of talk about one particular earlier case. In fact, at the beginning of this book, Lucy is returning from leave after that case.

There is great potential here. But I also feel I’ve read these scenes in other books with different characters and different authors.

At times I felt the narration was a little flat but it didn’t distract from the story.

All in all, an enjoyable book by an author I will continue to read.

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  • Mata
  • 19-09-2019

BOOK 2!!!

I don't know why this series is listed out of order but this is definitely, book 2.

It's a good British murder mystery series. The author writes well and very readable. She tells a good story and the characters are likable without overbearing.

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  • Sharon Simpson
  • 14-09-2019

couldn't stop listening

I finished the book in record time, because I couldn't stop listening to it, Wow!

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  • Gemma
  • 19-04-2017

Fantastic Debut

Would you listen to The Lost Children again? Why?

I wold not listen to it again, only because once i have read a book i have read it, so i know who the 'baddie' is!! i move straight on to the next book

What did you like best about this story?

i enjoyed how it kept flitting between the past and present and enjoyed the chemistry between the 2 main characters, i am hoping this develops further in the series

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none in particular it was an all round good read, it kept me interested all the way through

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely could of easily sat and read this book in one sitting alas my schedule does not allow for this

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Fantastic debut by this authr, i look forward to reading more in the series and seeing the characters develop, hopefully the 2 main characters get together!!! Narration however was good, but a bit wishy washy, an injection of excitement in her narriation wouldnt go a miss.

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  • George A Bear
  • 03-12-2018

BOOK 2 in Detective Lucy Harwin series

An enjoyable detective story with characters that are easy to emphasize with. However, the plot has too many connections or coinsidiences that make it slightly predictable.

I read this as the first book in the series and it was fine. Infact, it is book two with LAST NIGHT being the first. Audible need to sort this out on their site.

Worth a listen. ( I spend up the narration to 110% as it was rather pedestrian!)

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  • Sarah Bowker
  • 27-11-2018

Not as good as I thought😔

At the start of the book I thought it was going to be a gripping story that would keep wanting more, I like it when the suspense is intense. I do believe that a good narrater can help to make the story.
Alison Campbell, did nothing for this book. I found her to nice all the time, her voice always on the one level.
So that did not help. I found the story predictable and far to light, not enough depth to the story. Overall I was disappointed.
I certainly will not be bothering with any of her other books.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 31-05-2017

I liked it, but....

Great Story Line, brilliant narration, but more twists and turns would of been ideal. However definitely worth a listen.

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  • Marlene Brown
  • 04-10-2019

Spellbinding!

A brilliant story that holds your interest from the very beginning! Lucy and Ellie her daughter are so true to life, and you can even find sympathy for the killer. Twists and turns in the plot with surprises at the end. The narrator was really good too, really enjoyed it!
Now on to Helen Phifer ‘s next book, I can’t wait!

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  • j c rogers
  • 15-12-2017

A good try but not a writer

This book would be ok if it were aimed at teens but I’m sorry to say that a lot of it was put in that made you think that something would come to it n it was just a filler. There was a lot of the same reference eg lucky laughed or smiled or another person that got on my nerves eg as if a teen themselves had been writing it. Also the book was only part if it were for adults it would have more in-depth plot lines and side lines this was a straight forward story with nothing in between I was going to stop listening but I had nothing else to listen to and I wanted to see how or if it became more complex which itdidnt sorry but this was not a meaty thriller it was a story plain n simple

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  • Jennifer Jefferson
  • 15-11-2017

Boring

I did persevere with this obvious plot. The narrator really didn’t suit the tale. Slow and deliberate style more suited to young children.

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  • Tina
  • 15-06-2017

Awful narrator

Good story but Allison Campbell's voice and her sounding like she was drunk through the whole book spoiled the overall experience

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  • J C Packer
  • 27-04-2017

brilliant!

Great story line and character development. Found myself thinking about the story when i should have been doing something else. immersive.Look forward to more from this author.

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  • Richard Allen
  • 31-01-2018

Omg fabulous!!!!!!

Can't believe yuk me so long tech and me don't really go well 2get her finally got 2 listen 2 it amazing!!!places and names i recognised 2day marathon well fun Helen u are a superstar deck film material jame cameron better get hold of her best read I've had in a few years gripping u need 2 read this if I love a great thriller.

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